Dallas Mavericks vs LA Lakers by FairPlayBet
The best player of Dallas Dirk Nowitzki is in great shape. With him on such high level Mavericks not just that can win against anyone but they even can think again about winning championship. Mavericks are in series of 4 straight wins while overall home record is 18-7. The last two games of Mavericks were really impressive, win at home over San Antonio Spurs 106-99 and on the road against Denver Nuggets 95-112. The hosts also had one more day off before this meeting with Lakers.
Los Angeles Lakers:
Lakers (3rd) are on better position in West Confernce than Dallas Mavericks (5th). But this is mostly thanks to great home record (19-3) while on the road they were in trouble entire season so far. With current 9-15 away from Staples Centre and if they lose tonight in Dallas, Lakers will become a team with worst away score among all 16 in both conferences that are at this point on play-off positions. Something very strange is going on with Lakers when they need to face on the road even much weaker teams while this time they will need to face defending champions.
Lakers are again in some kind of bad streak. First they barely won game against Minnesota Timberwolves who were without Kevin Love, then Lakers lost at home to Utah Jazz and finally lost away at Houston although already had wining situation.
Of course that in team from LA much depend on Kobe Bryant and when we are talk about him, he had just horrible game against Utah scoring only 15 points with shooting from the floor 3 from 20. Last night in Houston he was better and finished the game with 29 in 107-104 loss but it was not great performance from him if we know that his field goals % was again very poor, barely above 30 with too many lost possessions.
Lakers are also without veteran guard Derrick Fisher who was sent in trade to Houston and for them this will be back 2 back game.
More rested Mavericks, better current form of Mavericks, advantage of home court for Mavericks plus not so good Kobe Bryant = enough for home win.
|1 ML||Pinnacle||1.55||7||93-109 LOST (-7 units)|
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